Eco-supermarket to be demolished – nothing is safe

6 Mar

Story in the Evening Standard

An award-wining Sainsbury’s supermarket constructed to the highest eco standards is to be demolished in Greenwich, London and an Ikea is to be built in its place.  The store, which was hailed as the “supermarket of the future” when it was built had solar panels, wind turbines and six metres of earth around it to cut energgy bills.  It was the first British building to receive an Excellent rating for sustainability.

Sainsbury’s has decided that it is now too small and is abandoning it in favour of its bigger store nearby but has a clause saying that no other supermarket can take over the site.  It has been called an act of vandalism by architects, including its original architect.

The moral of this story:  just because you get something today, don’t think it won’t be pulled down tomorrrow if the numbers don’t stack up for the owner.


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